What about Boise's record against top teams makes you think Auburn would beat them head to head? Boise is a giant killer. The last few seasons, their losses have been to Nevada and TCU, but they tend to beat the teams they play from the big-boy conferences. I'd have a very easy time putting an unbeaten Boise team in the playoff ahead of an Alabama team that lost to an 8-4 team and I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. I would say the "good faith agreement" that is more important to uphold is NOT the one that says the SEC is guaranteed 1 or 2 playoff spots, but the one that grants playoff access to deserving mid-majors.
In short, if I can find a way to get a team like Boise in, if they are undefeated, then I'd do it. That typed... if Boise loses even one game, they're probably out.
You just made a huge mistake, one I fear the selection committee will make to.
You're judging a team on past performance, something that you shouldn't do when discussing whether a team should make the playoffs. You need to look at one season, not what the team has done in the past. If Boise goes undefeated without playing anyone in the top 20, and Alabama loses a game on the road to an 8-4 in state rival after playing two top 5 teams (which could realistically happen - see Ark/LSU/Bama last year), you have to decide what's more impressive: an undefeated team that has played (relatively) subpar competition, or a team that has more quality wins, but also a not-so-great loss.
Neither is a wrong decision IMO, What is wrong is putting BSU in because they've 'done this 5 times now and haven't gotten a shot.' To me that's the same as saying Bama won the title last year, so they must be good this year.
This is why I favor some mathematical formula/some requirements established before the season starts.
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